After All These Years

So nice to see you after such a long time.
Where have you been, tell me what did you find?
Did you ever make it to the end of your rainbow?
I was watching for you at the door, hoping you'd find your way home.

In 1987, a young man named Daniel in one of our communities began to talk about the Grateful Dead scene and how he felt that there were many there who were searching for life. At first we didn't know what to think about it. Most of us had come from different walks of life, although many of us had been part of the '60s Movement and had at least a little familiarity with the Grateful Dead. But Daniel was very persistent in his desire to reach out to the Deadheads, so we took on his faith.

We found a bus... well actually two buses. We spent many long days and nights putting the top half of one bus on the bottom of the other, as well as finishing the inside to be a warm place of hospitality. We were so thankful to have a comfortable place for people to come and get to know us. We built a kitchen in the back to make cookies and tea for the new friends we would make.

Then we wrote articles and drew pictures for a special freepaper, and worked many days and nights putting the publication together. We were almost ready to go. But what would we do there? What would our Master Yahshua do there? Well, of course, we would go and help people. So that's what we did.

We decided that we would send our first aid people and make ourselves available to those who needed emergency medical care. We also sent musicians, singers, and dancers to give people a taste of the life we had back at home. When everything was ready, we went out, full of excitement and hope. It wasn't long before we understood Daniel's burden.

For nine years we went out on the tours, mostly on the East Coast, with our maroon-and-cream, double-decker bus: the Peacemaker. Perhaps you met us. Did you see us dancing in a circle? We may have taken glass out of your foot, or cleaned up the scrape on your knee. Perhaps you sat and talked with us on the bus while you came down from a bad trip. Do you remember? We might have helped you find your friends. We laughed with you and cried with you, folk-danced with you, and sang songs to you. Many of you came home with us for a visit. Some fell in love and never left. Many promised to return someday. We have prayed for you and hoped you would find your way home.

We're here because we haven't forgotten about you and hope you haven't forgotten us. We are still together, growing in our love for each other and our Master Yahshua. We made this special paper for you. We have written some articles to help you understand what we are beginning to understand — the love of our awesome Creator. Prepare yourself for an adventure. Find a quiet place and discover the truth that will set you free. It could change your eternal destiny...

The Twelve Tribes is a confederation of twelve self-governing tribes, composed of self-governing communities. We are disciples of the Son of God whose name in Hebrew is Yahshua. We follow the pattern of the early church in Acts 2:44 and 4:32, truly believing everything that is written in the Old and New Covenants of the Bible, and sharing all things in common.

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